A Season of Dry Scalps


My husband and I hate the summer season because we are both prone to having dry scalps. Last year, we ended up having scabs on scalp because dry scalps are very itchy and very tempting to scratch. We both ended with a head full of lesions and it really looked gross. We really did not want to come for a consult to a doctor because we were trying to save up money for an international vacation next year, but it looked like we had no other choice. I searched on the web about the best dermatologist we have here in town and we often saw a Dr. Navarro as their frequent referral.

I told Jim about the doctor and we both decided to postpone our vacation for a few more months. We went to Dr. Navarro to consult our condition and the doctor told us that dry scalps are often caused by dehydration, excessive shampooing, intense heat or the harsh chemicals from many hair products and the last, but not the least, environmental factors. The latter reason affected us greatly and the doctor told us not worry so much, because there is always a solution to dry scalp.

The doctor asked us if we always use hot showers for a longer period of time than usual and we told her yes because it relaxes us. She warned us against it as it also causes dry scalp. She added that it could damage our scalp in the long run if we keep doing that. Instead, we could use lukewarm water for showers. She also asked us if we like eating products like bread, baked foods and cheese. I told her that Jim loves them so much. She advised him to do not overdo it as it could cause him more problems because yeast thrives on them. She also told us about the importance of eating properly and healthy foods to maintain better hair and scalp. She mentioned as Vit E and C as the most important vitamins for skin and we just nodded.

honeyThe doctor also cited a number of dry scalp remedies like using honey, olive oil, lemon or even tea tree oil. We just need to make a solution out of it and heat them a little bit and apply and massage it onto our scalps and cover it with a towel and let the oil incorporate themselves in the scalps. After thirty minutes, we have to rinse it with lukewarm water and then use a mild, baby shampoo to remove excess oil from the scalp. She also reminded us to read the labels of the shampoo often, that we are planning to buy. She cited to be wary of ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, betaine and phthalates as they could dry out our scalps.

I thanked the good doctor about her advices because we really appreciated them dearly. I hope that my husband and I would try our best to practice and follow what she said because our dry scalp is really bothering us both.